Ride of My Life
Manali · Shoja · Chitkul · Tabo · Dhankar · Kaza · Kunzum La · Kibber · Komik · Chandratal lake

Spiti valley lies in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, a Himalayan state in India. Spiti means The middle land, in reference to it lying between mainland India and Tibet.

Spiti is cut off from the rest for India from November to May every year due to heavy snowfall. This means that on the tour we have 30-70 mix of paved and unpaved roads with numerous stream crossings. An ideal place for an adventure motorcyclist. But this ride is not just about adventure, the landscape is stunningly beautiful and changes harmoniously from lush green to barren mountains to lush green again. You also visit some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries for a rich cultural experience, ride across three high-altitude passes, visit the highest villages in the world to remain populated year-round and to top it all off, ride to Chandratal lake, a beautiful high-altitude lake in the Himalayas.

A motorcycle ride to the remote Spiti valley is by no means easy, but using our experience we have crafted a route that lets you have a comfortable stay after each days gruelling ride and return home saying you had the ride of your life.

2022 Tour Details

Duration: 9 days, Manali to Manali
Rider: INR 67,990
Pillion passenger: INR 61,990
Booking amount: INR 10,000
Bookings for the tour close once the required number of riders is met

Tour Price inclusions

  • Stay on twin-­sharing(double-occupancy) basis
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan dual-sport 411cc motorcycle
  • Dinner and breakfast on all days
  • Experienced English speaking road captain
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • All tolls / entry fees

Tour price exclusions

  • Applicable Government GST (Goods and Services Tax) @12%
  • Your travel to and from Manali
  • Lunch on all days
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Snacks, beverages (bottled water, juice etc)
  • Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle: INR 10,000
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on: INR 25,990 (GST extra @12%)
  • Optional rental for helmet, knee guards and magnetic tank bag
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.

2022 Availability

  • SPITI1: Jul 23 to Jul 31 - FULLY BOOKED
  • SPITI2: Oct 1 to Oct 9 - FULLY BOOKED

DAY-WISE ROUTE PLAN

Day 1Jul 23SaturdayDay 1Oct 1Saturday

Arrive in Manali

Arrive in Manali

Plan to arrive in Manali by noon by either air, rail, or road. You will meet the Ride of My Life team and your co-riders at the hotel. The road captain will brief everyone on the route and the day-wise plan. After the briefing, you will get a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle that you will be riding for the rest of the tour.

Day 2Jul 24SundayDay 2Oct 2Sunday

Manali to Shoja

Manali to Shoja

We begin our ride and head out of Manali following the raging Beas river. We turn towards Shoja, a picturesque village in the mountains. Apple and Cherry trees abound the roadside, and the tall Deodhar fir trees spread their heady aroma all around. You end the day's ride at a small hotel in Shoja.

Day 3Jul 25MondayDay 3Oct 3Monday

Shoja to Chitkul

Shoja to Chitkul

We head out of Shoja and climb towards the stunning Jalori pass. From the top, you can see the jagged peaks of the many mountains dotting the Upper Himalayan range and the lush green forested mountains of the Lower Himalayan range. The road is mostly tarmac with patches of dirt in between, and we follow winding glacier-fed rivers all the way to Chitkul. We spend the night at a river-side camp along the gushing Baspa river.

Day 4Jul 26TuesdayDay 4Oct 4Tuesday

Chitkul to Tabo

Chitkul to Tabo

After an early breakfast, we ride north along the Baspa river, in awe of Himalayan shadows and into the high altitude region of Himachal. After some gruelling stretches of dirt tracks and water crossings, we enter the barren land of Spiti Valley. The landscape changes from lush green to rocky, and then to barren. Your stay tonight is in a hotel in Tabo village, home to the famous Tabo monastery.

Day 5Jul 27WednesdayDay 5Oct 5Wednesday

Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar

Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar

Being an easy riding day, we visit Tabo monastery (10,010 feet) in the morning. This monastery is famed for its vast collection of frescos and stucco paintings and is called the 'Ajanta of the Himalayas'. We also visit Dhankar monastery (12,774 feet), one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery is built on a high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. The second half of the day will be reserved for much needed rest.

Day 6Jul 28ThursdayDay 6Oct 6Thursday

Kaza - Hikkim - Komic - Kaza

Kaza - Hikkim - Komic - Kaza

Kaza (11,980 Ft) is the capital of the Spiti region. Today's highlight is the ride to Hikkim (14,400 feet) and Komic (14,830 feet) villages, the highest altitude villages in the world to be populated all year round. The village of Hikkim has the highest Post Office in the world (Pin Code 172114). It's a good idea to mail a postcard to yourself and your loved ones from this Post Office as a souvenir of your journey. Finally, a visit to the beautiful Ki Gompa (aka Kee, Key), the largest monastery in Spiti, wraps up the day's ride.

Day 7Jul 29FridayDay 7Oct 7Friday

Kaza to Chandratal Lake

Kaza to Chandratal Lake

Today's ride is special in many ways, what with the ever changing landscape which will leave you mesmerised. We also ride over Kunzum La (15,050 feet), the highest altitude of the ride. The pass offers magnificent views of the Chandra-Bhaga range of mountains. Getting close to our destination, we ride on a narrow dirt track to reach the Chandratal lake. Since vehicles are not allowed near the lake, we have to hike for 25 minutes to this pristine Himalayan lake. The stay for the night will be in swiss tents at a campsite.

Day 8Jul 30SaturdayDay 8Oct 8Saturday

Chandratal Lake to Manali

Chandratal Lake to Manali

The initial section of the ride is quite rough and has many water crossings that will test your riding skills to the max. After crossing Batal, we behold the amazing sight of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. We head out of Spiti valley and back into the Lahaul valley, joining the Manali-Leh highway at Gramphoo. We cross the Chenab and take the new 9 km long Atal Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world above an altitude of 10,000 feet. Shortly after we exit out of the tunnel, we are greeted by the Beas river, which we follow to Manali. We spend the night at a hotel in Manali.

Day 9Jul 31SundayDay 9Oct 9Sunday

Depart from Manali

Depart from Manali

After a good night's rest, you may choose to spend some time in Manali, which is a very popular hill station, before heading out of Manali by bus.